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ATTENTION ALL URSS DRIVERS AND OWNERS !!! We will have a meeting Saturday Feb 6th at 1 pm at the "I Don't Care Family Restaurant and Lounge in Dodge City. The address is 1510 W. Spruce (right behind the Travelodge) I will be explaining what rules will change this year and what rules will not. Hope to See you all there !!!

 


URSS Releases 2016 Tentative Schedule and Announces Partnership with Racesaver/IMCA

The United Rebel Sprint Series will kick off its Eleventh Season of 305 Sprint Car Racing. The Series that was built on affordable Sprint Car racing is pleased to announce that starting this season, the series will run under the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car Sanction. The Series that was founded with the motto “Having More Fun Than The Law Should Allow” is looking forward to putting on the best shows possible for all of its loyal followers and the partnership with Racesaver/IMCA which will enable the series to grow even bigger in 2016 and beyond.

Opening night for the 11th annual series is April 10 at WaKeeney Speedway. The final point’s night is scheduled for Sept. 24 at Dodge City Raceway Park.

The partnership with the IMCA Sanctioning will open the Series up and enable the URSS to pick up race dates not only in Kansas, but also in Western Nebraska, Oklahoma and Colorado, which has been a robust region with the URSS in the past.

The 2015 Season was a reflection of what the Series was founded on, “Parity” in competition. The Myers Engine/URSS National Points Championship featured nine different winners in the ten National Points events held. Jake Bubak of Golden, Colorado did what founder Rick Salem thought would be impossible to pull off:  Bubak claimed his third straight National Crown.

The Kansas Region Championship was no different as fifteen different drivers claimed victories in the nineteen races in the past season. Quinter Kansas’s Zach Blurton took the Championship with a string of top ten finishes including 3 wins this season. Blurton made all but one of the 19 races in the Kansas Region and used solid finishes and a single DNF to win the Kansas Points Championship. Blurton adds his third title to his resume in his nine years of racing with the URSS Series.  Blurton was the 2010 National Rookie of the Year as well as the 2010 Kansas Region Rookie of the Year.

A stout field of URSS Veterans were joined by an unbelievably strong group of rookies in 2015. The National Rookie of the Year, Austin Mclean out of Greeley, Colorado qualified for six out of the ten National Race events and used a string of strong finishes to win the title by a mere 8 points. In the Kansas Region, Liberal, Kansas driver, Tracey Hill made all 19 of the Kansas Region races this season and took advantage of his rookie season by starting the A Feature in 12 of those 19 starts.

“I started this series to bring affordable Sprint Car racing back to Kansas. Tracks couldn’t afford it and drivers couldn’t afford it,” explained Salem. “When I started, I wanted to get everybody on the same page. I went through all the rules and ours were basically the same as RaceSaver’s.”

“The United Rebel Sprint Series ranks as one of the premier series for the division,” noted IMCA Vice President of Operations Jim Stannard. “Their events will complement weekly shows at many of our sanctioned tracks in the four-state area.

2016 URSS TENTATIVE SCHEDULE 

APRIL

Sun 10th   WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY, WAKEENEY, KS

Sat 17th  LONGDALE SPEEDWAY, LONGDALE, OK (N)

Sun 24th  WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY, WAKEENEY, KS

Sat 30th   RPM SPEEDWAY, HAYS, KS

MAY

Sun 15th    WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY, WAKEENEY, KS

Sun 29th   WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY, WAKEENEY, KS

Mon 30th  WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY, WAKEENEY, KS

JUNE

Sat 4th   THOMAS COUNTY SPEEDWAY, COLBY KS

Sun 12th   WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY, WAKEENEY, KS

Sun 26th  WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY, WAKEENEY, KS

JULY

Fri  1st  DCRP,   DODGE CITY, KS (N)

Sat 2nd  DCRP,  DODGE CITY, KS (N)

Sun 3rd  WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY, WAKEENEY, KS

Sat 9th Lincoln Co Speedway, NORTH PLATTE, NE

Sun 10th DAWSON CO SPEEDWAY, LEXINGTON, NE

Fri  15th   WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY,  WAKEENEY, KS (N)

Sat  16th   RPM SPEEDWAY,  HAYS KS (N)

Sun  17th  RPM SPEEDWAY,  HAYS KS (N)

Sun  24th   WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY, WAKEENEY, KS

Sat 30th  COLORADO MOTORSPORTS PARK, BYERS, CO (N)

AUGUST

Fri  5th    RUSH CO. SPEEDWAY,  LACROSSE KS (N)

Sat  6th   BELLEVILLE HIGHBANKS,  BELLEVILLE KS (N)

Sat  14th   WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY, WAKEENEY, KS

Sat  27th   BELLEVILLE HIGHBANKS, BELLEVILLE KS (T,N)

Sun  28th   WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY, WAKEENEY, KS  

SEPTEMBER

Sat  1st-4th   RACESAVER NATLS, LINCOLN, NE  ( NO URSS POINTS )

Sun  11th    WAKEENEY SPEEDWAY, WAKEENEY, KS

Sat  17th  LONGDALE SPEEDWAY, LONGDALE, OK (N)

Sat  24TH   DCRP,  DODGE CITY KS (N)

(Additional dates will be added) 

The United Rebel Sprint Series would like to thank all of its fans, sponsors, racing teams and track promoters for ten great years of Sprint Car Racing at its finest.


United Rebel Sprint Series 2015 Season Recap

The United Rebel Sprint Series capped off its Tenth Season Celebration with all four of its Points Championships going down to the wire in the final race of the season. Parity was the name of the game this season with the URSS as it had only three repeat winners. It is the bedrock that the series was founded on and provides the fans the best show on dirt year after year.

The 2015 Myers Engine URSS National Point Series featured nine different winners in the ten races which comprised Championship. The Championship went down to the wire as the top four spots were within 34 points of each other. Arvada, Colorado’s Jake Bubak prevailed to become the only driver in URSS history to take the National Championship three consecutive years. Bubak’s road to the crown wasn’t without its drama as a rare DQ at the Bullring Nationals on July 31 in Lacrosse Kansas left an opening for the other challengers to take advantage of. But Bubak used consistent finishes in the remaining nine races to capture the crown finishing no worse than seventh place in those races to three peat as the URSS Champion.

The 2015 Myers Engine URSS National Rookie of the Year went down to the wire as well as a pair of fourteen year old drivers went to the final race. Greeley Colorado’s Austin McClean and Liberal Kansas’s Tracey Hill took to the track to duke it out to which of the young guns would walk away with the title. The pair made all 10 National Point races in the 2015 season which made for a classic showdown. The points lead shifted back and forth during the season between the two and was the closest ROY race in URSS History. Austin McClean used  his qualifying for 6 out of the 10 National Feature races giving him the edge he needed to take the 2015 Myers Engine URSS National Rookie of the Year Championship by a mere 8 points.

The 2015 Kansas Region points’ battle was a tight one as well, with parity also being the main story as well. In the 19 races held in the Kansas Region 15 different drivers took the checkered flag during the 2015 season. Quinter Kansas’s Zach Blurton took the Championship with a string of top ten finishes including a three wins this season. Blurton made all but one of the 19 races in the Kansas Region and used solid finishes and a single DNF to win the Kansas Points Championship. Blurton adds his third title to his resume in his nine years of racing with the URSS Series, Blurton was the 2010 National Rookie of the Year as well as the 2010 Kansas Region Rookie of the Year.

The 2015 Kansas Region Rookie of the Year went to 14 year old Tracey Hill of Liberal Kansas. Hill made all 19 of the Kansas Region races this season and made the most of his rookie season by making the A Feature in 12 of those 19 starts. Tracey’s highest finish was a third place at the August 29th race held at RPM Speedway in Hays Kansas. Look for great things to come in the future from Tracey as he is one of the hot shoes to follow in the URSS Series.

The United Rebel Sprint Series would like to thank all of the Teams, Drivers, Sponsors, Track Promoters and especially all of the fans for making the Tenth Anniversary Season a huge success. Without you the Region would not have an affordable Sprint Car Series to enjoy. The season was as competitive as ever with 15 different drivers visiting Victory Lane in the 2015 Season.


Velesquez wins URSS battle at DCRP

as Bubak Claims 3rd Championship

 The curtains came down on the URSS 2015 season at Dodge City Raceway Park with Turpin, Oklahoma’s Taylor Velasquez topping the Sprint Car portion of the Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship for the second year in a row.

While Velasquez wired the field in the 30-lap URSS feature it was Colorado’s Jake Bubak claiming his 3rd URSS National Championship in a row with his 5th place finish.

For Velasquez, the triumph in the non-stop 30-lapper marked his first victory of the year aboard the Fronk Oil Co./Piper Trucking No. 21x.

“In nine years in the big Sprint Cars, this has been by far the worst,” a relieved Velasquez commented afterward. “It feels good to finish with a win.”

Starting third, Velasquez needed less than a lap to dispose of front row starters Darren Bowman and Kris Moore for the lead and set sail.

The 24-year-old held nearly a straightaway lead over Kris Moore and Zac Taylor by the time traffic came into play after eight laps, with Taylor and J.D. Johnson slipping around Moore for second and third, respectively, by the tenth lap.  Click here for more.....


Zac Taylor Claims

the URSS Bob Salem Memorial Sprint Nationals Crown

The final night of the Bob Salem Memorial Sprint Car Nationals at Oberlin Speedway in Oberlin, KS saw thirty one teams check in at the gate to earn points in the second to last “2015 Myers Engine URSS National Points” race of the 2015 season. When it was all said and done, 2013 URSS National Rookie of the Year Zac Taylor picked up the feature win from his fifth starting spot.

At the drop of the green flag 14 year old Tracey Hill led the field with Scott Cochran, Jeremy Huish, Zac Taylor and Keefe Hemel rounding out the top five at the end of lap one. Taylor and Huish would swap places several times in the next two laps battling for the third spot. Saturday’s preliminary feature winner, Brian Herbert made his to the fifth spot by lap five pushing Hemel back to sixth. CJ Johnson was making his way up to sixth by lap seven and set his sights on Herbert.

JD Johnson had made his way past Hemel on lap nine grab seventh place. Up front, Hill continued to pace the field when Cochran running in the second spot got caught behind a lapped car and lost the position on lap eleven to Huish. Huish began his drive up to try and challenge Hill for the top spot as the leader began to encounter more lapped traffic. Zac Taylor caught Cochran and dove under him in turn three to take away the third spot on lap fourteen. Meanwhile CJ Johnson had caught Herbert and the battle between the pair heated up. Further back in the pack, eleventh starter Jason Martin had been steadily picking off cars as he drove to the front. Martin made his way up to the eight spot by lap sixteen.

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Brian Herbert Takes URSS Bob Salem Memorial Preliminary Win

The United Rebel Sprint Series kicked off night number one of the Bob Salem Memorial Sprint Car Nationals in grand style as 34 teams checked into the Decatur County Speedway. Fans were treated to some great racing action as Brian Herbert claimed the Myers Engine National Points victory by wiring the field from his outside pole starting position.

Coby Pearce led the field to the green flag with Herbert and Zac Taylor using the high line to bolt to the front of the pack. Pearce settled into the third spot with Jeremy Huish and Luke Cranston rounding out the top five at the end of lap one. Ninth starter JD Johnson started his charge to the front on lap three as he made his way up to challenge Cranston for the fourth spot. Johnson would continue to charge forward as he took the third spot away from Pearce who quickly fell back to fifth spot. Cranston settled into the fourth position but was soon challenged by 2013-2014 National Champion Jake Bubak by lap seven.

Out front Herbert still was in the lead with Taylor, JD Johnson, Cranston and Bubak in tow. Lap eight saw Jeremy Huish trying to get the low line to work battling Cranston for the fifth spot and hit an infield tire coming off of turn four to bring out the first caution of the night. Huish’s damage was minimal and he rejoined the tail of the field. On the restart Herbert once again pulled out to the lead with Taylor, JD Johnson, Bubak and Cranston in the top five. Behind them twelfth starting CJ Johnson had been making his way through the field and took away the fifth spot from Cranston on lap ten. Bubak had closed the gap between himself and JD Johnson and grabbed the position on lap eleven. Caution flew once again as Jordan Randles spun in turn three to once again bunch up the field.

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Jake Bubak captures back-to-back wins at

Colorado Motorsports Park

 


Cranston slides way to URSS win

By Nick Schwien

It would have been easy for Luke Cranston to be satisfied where he was at.

But the sprint car driver has learned throughout his multiple years of racing that if you don’t try to move up, you’ll end up regretting the opportunity.

So Cranston took a chance, and it paid off in a big way Saturday night in the United Rebel Sprint Series feature at RPM Speedway in Hays.

Cranston, who started eighth, worked his way into third and remained there for several laps. But when the final caution happened with only eight laps remaining, the driver who grew up in Ness City decided the time to take a chance was then.

“I didn’t know for sure, but I knew I had to try it,” Cranston said. “I learned a long time ago doing this that if you don’t try it, then you always end up kicking yourself in the butt later on if you sit back there and get third and don’t even try something. I was going to give it a shot, and it worked for once. I’ve got to write that one down.”

On the restart, Cranston shot to the inside and by Tracey Hill, then continued that momentum into turn one as he threw a slide job on leader Nate Berry.

Cranston slid his 305 sprinter up the track, Berry tried to cross back under him, and the two battled down the backstretch for the lead.  Click here for more

 

 


 

A Word From The Series Founder

 

Welcome to our United Rebel Sprint Series official web site. With the growing support of committed competitors and supporting tracks, an affordable sprint car series is now full throttle.  We are now booking dates to area race tracks that will bring back affordable Sprint Car Racing to promoters and participants alike.  This series bottom line is affordable open wheel racing... period.  We have got to keep the costs down on this class to insure it's growth and make it a profitable opportunity for track promoters.  Thus making this series a winner for everyone  ....  including the fans.

 

With our pay structure of $500 to win and $125 to start the main, it is designed to bring new competitors into the series and make it feasible to travel to the area tracks insuring full fields.  We have adopted a set of rules and feel they are a great set of rules to keep the costs low and the competition close. By enforcing them we can keep it affordable to all.  This series has the potential to grow like wild fire and is a great concept to keep open wheel racing alive to all competitors and racetracks. I want to thank you all for your interest and the overwhelming support most have shown for this series.

 

Please feel free to contact me at any time for more information.



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